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Help the OCMMF

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Dear Friends in the Maker Community,

It has been our great honor to organize and present the Orange County Mini Maker Faire over the last two years.  It’s through your generosity, that we’ve been able to share the passions and talents of our wonderful and growing Maker community with more and more people. Because of the trust that you have granted us, we feel that it is our obligation to let the community have a say in deciding the future of the OCMMF.

The current OCMMF Organizing Committee consists of active volunteers who have taken on many leadership roles.  The Committee feels it is time to pass the reins to new blood.  We are seeking individuals who have the passion and time to carry on this amazing event.  There are critical leadership roles that must be filled as well as volunteer roles in various areas that may suit your skills, talents and interests. Unless we can fill the leadership roles, a future Faire is unlikely.

A detailed outline of the organizational structure necessary for a successful Faire can be found here: OCMMF Core Team Leadership and Organizational Structure v.3

Please join us at the OCMMF organizational meeting on March 27th, 7PM to find out more check the meet up site at http://www.meetup.com/Make-OC/

Currently we have scheduled the meeting at Del Taco 25521 Commercentre Dr. Lake Forest in the downstairs training room.

Help us Make this show happen. We won’t be able to do it without you.

The Year of a 100 Maker Faires!

Congratulations to the whole Maker Faire Team and all the Mini’s around the world!

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Arduino Holiday Star

This year at work there was a contest to make the best ornament for the Christmas tree.  We, the IT Department, almost never participate in these activities.  Well, this year we did.  At work I was shown a star cut from a computer motherboard by Robert.  Amanda asked, “Hey, can you put lights on this?”  I said “Yes, I can use an Arduino”.  I took the star home to made a prototype.

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The prototype took a couple hours to cobble together and program.  The program makes the lights dim, get brighter and blink using an Arduino UNO some LEDs and resisters. I brought this back to work and everyone liked it.  A few more holes were drilled and given back to me with a CPU glued into the socket.

Below it he back of the ornament I ended up with…

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The finished ornament!  There was no hole for the LED on the leg with the power plug, so I brought the LED around to the front of the star.

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My workstation on the kitchen table with a $5 soldering iron.

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The ornament did not win the contest at work. 

Tickets at the Door / Learn to Solder Badges

We will have tickets for sale at the door:

Adult: $12
Child: $8

Learn to Solder Badges:
We will have a limited quanity of Learn to Solder Badges for sale at the Mesa ticket booth next to the Beall.  Learn to Solder badges are $3 each.

Edit: Learn to Solder Badges will be at the Mesa gate, which is in viewing distance from the Learn to Solder booth.

OC Mini Maker Faire and the 405 Closure!

The closure of the 405 should not affect your trip into or out of Orange County for people traveling down from the north.

We have received a few messages from folks concerned by the 405 closure on how it will affect their trip to the OC Mini Maker Faire. The 405’s 20 hour closure does not start until 9:00 PM an Saturday and should reopen on or before 5:00 PM on Sunday. The faire closes at 5:00 PM Saturday leaving plenty of time to get past the 405, 22 intersection where the closure is going to happen.

We are in the OC Weekly!

Follow the link here:  http://www.ocweekly.com/2012-07-19/culture/maker-faire-uc-irvine-beall-center-for-art-technology/

They have a photo slide show too:  http://www.ocweekly.com/slideshow/maker-faire-the-beall-center-for-art-and-technology-37316140/

Thanks OC Weekly and Charles Lam for the article.

What a Fantastic Day!

We had an astromech droid and robots.

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We had cupcakes and Quadcopters.

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We had things in motion… Cecil the SeeSaw and Nick on his home made powered skateboard.

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We had music from Jason with his Cigar Box Guitars and the sounds of 3D printers.

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DAT Space ran a Learn to Solder Booth.

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What a Great Day!

Someone pointed out this video to us on YouTube!

Thanks to everyone that came out and helped out.  It was fantastic!

[Hey Bill Hsu, thanks for taking these pictures!]

We are in the OC Register

Just bought three copies of the OC Register for keepsakes and to send to Internet Limited family.

OC Mini Maker Faire 2012 in the OC Register!

Give me a Sign!

When walking around the OC Mini Maker Faire look at the signs!  Natalie made all the signs for our event!  They look fantastic!

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Wanna know something else?  Natalie is Producing and Hosting the Swap-o-Rama Fashion Show!

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Thank you Natalie!

A Moment of Reflection

The OCMMF is just hours away and I’m thinking about how we got here.  I think it was a dare.  Really I think Pam dared us to do a Maker Faire.  Amanda said it was a great idea.  But Bequi took the dare.   Then I held on tight to Bequi’s hand.  Maybe that’s not how it really went down, but it’s how I remember it.

There are many pivotal moments in this story and many people to thank, but here are a few moments that really stick out.

At some point Anna became our first sponsor (Thanks Anna!), which meant this project had surpassed idle chit-chat. (For this we are grateful, please buy or sell your house with Anna Child from Coldwell Banker! Please tell her the OCMMF sent you.  She is totally cool and a great realtor!)

This is where the real fretting started, someone else believed in the project too!

At some point Bequi walked into the Beall Center for Art + Technology when it was under construction for an exhibit.  She marched on up to Samantha and David and asked if they would host a Maker Faire.  They replied, “How could we not host a Mini Maker Faire!” Thank you Samantha! Thank you to the Beall Center for Art + Technology and the  Claire Trevor  School of the Arts. Thank you!

Thank you to Make Magazine for sharing your brand with us and all the fine people who helped us like Sabrina.

Thank you to the rest of the core team:  Amanda, Pam,  Michelle and Paige (and Samantha) for doing a great job with almost no money.

Thank you to all the Kickstarters and silent donators.  You know who you are!

Thank you to the Makers, the inventers, the tinkerers, the dreamers and commercial makers for Making, for which there would be no faire!  I had a great time meeting all of you at meetings and meet ups.

Thank you Bequi for just being awesome and inspiring and Making a Faire and taking me with you.

I’m sure if you ask anyone on the core team, they all have their own idea on how this all started.  Some people say it started with a dare.

Thank you, to all the people I have not yet thanked (like Mathobotix)

~James